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Leave Mattawalle out of your Incapacity, Group Cautions NSA Mongonu

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The Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR), an alliance of over 20 civil society groups, has called on the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major Gen. Babagana Mongonu, to work hard on reordering his incapacity in dealing with insecurity in the country and desist from dragging Governor Bello Mattawalle of Zamfara State into his failure.
The caution is coming on the heels of allegations by the Gold Buyers and Jewelry Shop Owners Association who accussed the NSA of ordering the arrest and detention of some of its members with the intent to intimidate and coerce them into implicating Governor Mattawalle of buying gold from them in exchange for arms for bandits.
The group stated that three of its members in Zaria and Minna have been arrested on the orders of the NSA over gold for arms deal by the governor for bandits.
Speaking on Sunday in Abuja, National Coordinator of the PAIR, Danladi Adamu, accused the NSA of looking for who to hang his serial failure in office on, expressing dismay that President Muhammadu Buhari keeps tolerating his non-performance even while making wild allegations against people in government except himself.
“Gentlemen of the Press, you will recall that not too long ago, the NSA, Major General Mongonu, claimed that $1bn for arms purchase was stolen by ex-service chiefs only to recant few hours later.
“Also, he alleged that some government officials in President Buhari’s government were undermining efforts against fighting insecurity but failed to note that he is the number one culprit. What can he boast of as his achievements as NSA other than to cook up allegations and create bad blood amongst those in government?” Adamu queried.
He urged the NSA to stay far from the Zamfara Governor who is working hard to address the failure of Mongonu in tackling bandits in the state.
“It is to the credit of Governor Mattawalle that hundreds of bandits have surrendered and turned in their arms, while many more hundreds have been released and communities secured all to the effort of the Zamfara state government. 
“Any attempt by the NSA to drag Governor Mattawalle into anything untoward will be greatly resisted,” Adamu warned.
It will be recalled that the Executive Director, Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development, Dr Sani Shinkafi, knocked the NSA not long ago, saying, “Monguno has once again proven his incapacity to perform and has by divine providence exposed his selfish agenda at the most difficult and challenging time for Nigeria.”

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Pantami: Coalition of Civil Society Groups suspend mass rally

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The Coalition of Civil Society Groups have announced suspension of a mass rally to demand for the sack of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
A statement by Ibrahim Ahmadu and Osakwe Chigozie Michael, National Convener and Co-Convener, respectively said the rally expected to hold on Tuesday (today) was shelved due to security reasons and the fear that it could be hijacked by hoodlums.
The statement further disclosed that a new date will be announced for the shelved mass rally.
” The proposed rally against Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami is hereby postponed till further notice after due consultations and consideration with adequate advice in line with security tips.
“While we regret the unfortunate call off, we avail ourselves this opportunity to inform our members to exercise patience and keep the spirit alive upon a viable and visible date for it.
” We regret all inconveniences.”

Checks revealed that the Minister of Communications has been accused of alleged link with the extremist group, Al-Queda and having sympathy for Taliban.

Audio recordings of Mr Pantami’s past teachings where he declared support for Al-Qaeda and Taliban resurfaced last week, with many Nigerians calling for his removal.

Mr Pantami, an Islamic cleric, denied any links with the groups. He, however, admitted making the controversial statements supporting the groups but said that his views on such extremist groups have changed.

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12 persons die in tanker explosion accident in Benue

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12 persons die in tanker explosion accident in Benue

Twelve persons have lost their lives in a tanker explosion accident that occured at Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue on Sunday evening
Apart of the death of the 12 persons properties were also said to have been lost to the explosion.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Public Education Officer, Benue Sector Command, Mr Oladele Meshach, issued a statement in Makurdi on Monday indicating that the explosion occured on Sunday evening.
Meshach said 12 persons lost their lives during the explosion, while property were also destroyed.
He quoted the Sector Commander, Mr Yakubu Mohammad, to have warned all petroleum tanker owners against non-use of
“Safety Valves” to guard against spillage of petroleum products, when involved in a crash. Mohammad called on all petroleum tanker owners to ensure immediate installation of Safety Valves on their tankers to ensure safety of lives, properties and the products they are transporting.
He said the “tanker lost its control, spilled fuel and bursted in flames”.
“Henceforth, any driver caught disobeying the road regulations will risk going to jail,” Mohammad warned.
According to him, it is disheartening to see petroleum tankers still plying the roads without safety valves fixed on them despite the February 2021 deadline earlier issued.
He assured members of the public that FRSC would ensure strict enforcement of road regulations and discipline.
Mohammad also advised tanker drivers to avoid giving their vehicles to their ‘motor boys’ to drive on the highways.

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NNPC insists, it will not increase fuel price in May

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NNPC insists, it will not increase fuel price in May

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Malam Mele Kyari, has said that the corporation will not increase the ex- depot price of Premium Motor spirit also known as petrol in May as being speculated.

He gave the indication at the end of a closed door meeting with Petroleum Transport Drivers (PTD), National Association of Road Transporters Owners (NARTO) and oil marketers in Abuja on Monday.
Ex-depot price is the price marketers buy products from depot owners which determines the pump price at filling stations.

He informed oil marketing companies that NNPC will not increase the pump price of PMS in May.
“I am giving the assurance and I ask Nigerians to go about their normal businesses; we have over 20 billion litres of petrol in our custody.
“Many of you are aware of this and with the assurance with tanker drivers and NUPENG, there is no need for panic buying of the product.
“Petrol will be available in all the depots in the country including NNPC dispatched depot across the country, so nobody should panic in buying the product,” he said.
On the strike by PTD, he said the strike was associated with NARTO’s inability to increase their compensation which was not resolved last week.
“We have given commitment to both NARTO and PTD that we will resolve the issue within a week and come back to the table to have a total closure on the issue.
“We also have a robust engagement with our oil marketing partners in respect of increase in the volume product that is check in the Nigerian market.
“We have agreed to work jointly with all the security agencies to contain any possible infractions seen in our borders.
“We will work as a team to curtail this fraudulent practice with the help of the security agencies,” he added.
He added that the meeting also discussed issues on payment by Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) to oil marketing companies.

He said that all stakeholders agreed in making PMS available to marketers.

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